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WCF.M4.L22 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Analyze the interrelation between religion and political change in the USSR and Eastern Europe in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Explain factors that led to the demise of Soviet communism in the late 1980s and 1990s.
  • Compare the political paths taken by China and the USSR/Eastern Europe in this period, and their implications for development.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 85-87Lesson 22 Introduction

  • General

  • The rapid fall of communism in the USSR and Eastern Europe, once it started, took almost everyone by surprise. Look at explanations for this rapid change, including the role of Christians and prayer in this process.
  • Christian: Maps of Time
  • 455d-457Acceleration of the Twentieth Century: Destruction of Traditional Tributary Empires (including Communism)

  • Christian Perspectives

  • Get acquainted with Brother Andrew, if you do not know of his Open Doors ministry. See how he was among the first outsiders to take up the challenge of working in communist and other closed countries.

  • Lambert: The Resurrection of the Chinese Church
  • 26-62chs. 3–4 The CCP’s Religious Control Structures; The CCP’s Definitive Religious Policy

  • Political and Social Change
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 842Russia and Kievan Rus

  • The Wilson Quarterly (Autumn 2005) 29,4, Wilson Select Plus Database
  • 50-61Terrill: “What Does China Want?”

  • Modern Age (Winter/Spring 2004) 46,1/2, Wilson Select Plus Database
  • 109-113Hollander: “The Decline and Fall of Communist Systems”

  • Dissent (Winter 1998) 45, Wilson Select Plus Database
  • 101-105Avineri: “The Communist Manifesto at 150”

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 236-239The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe 1945- 1989 and Western Europe since 1945
  • 222-223The Russian Revolution 1917- 1939
  • 236-237The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe 1945- 1989

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 293-299Review: Dominance of the West

  • Samuel, ed.: Mission as Transformation
  • 477-491Freedom and Justice in Church State Relationships Osijek, Yugoslavia, April 1991

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 715-717Russia: Ural VolgaRepublics
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

General (cont.)

Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews

87-89 Lesson 22 Review

Reflection Questions
  • Analyze the role of Christians in political and other changes that occurred in the USSR and Eastern Europe from the mid-1980s on.

  • How would you account for the apparent demise of communism in the Soviet Union in so short a time?

  • Why do you think China maintained a communist regime in the 1990s when most of Europe did not? What implications does this have for international development efforts?